As reported by Eyewitness News, 42 people were displaced on Friday evening after a man allegedly threw a petrol bomb and sparked an inferno in Paarl.
Paarl fire: What we know
Reports on social media indicate that the blaze spread along Disa Street in Paarl, Western Cape. Drakenstein Municipality’s fire chief Derick Damons said:
“We received a call to a number of shacks alight in Paarl east”.
No fatalities were reported, however, Drakenstein Fire Watch confirmed on Facebook that three adults sustained injuries. Children are also among the displaced.
Three Paarl residents injured
Two residents required treatment for smoke inhalation and received assistance at the scene while a third sustained more serious injuries.
They were transported to a medical facility on Friday evening as a precautionary measure. Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed that the alleged suspect was arrested.
The municipality on Saturday distributed food parcel and blankets to displaced and affected residents. Housing kits will also be provided once the area is cleared.
How to help Paarl residents
Common Ground Ministries said on Facebook that the homes of five families were destroyed and that little could be salvaged from the blaze.
“The fire destroyed all of the families’ possessions, and the little they could salvage from the fire was stolen at a later stage during the night. We are preparing to help the families with their immediate needs and to build back their homes.”
South Africans who are in a position to assist may do so by contributing the following items. However, any help will be accepted at this stage.
- Financial contributions
- Household or personal items
- Building materials
- Physical help/volunteering (building, cleaning, etc.)
- Emotional support for the families
Common Ground Ministries can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone and/or message: +27 83 299 4539.
“We know that it is five families who have lost their homes and everything in it, and that some of the families include schoolgoing children.
Their Facebook post will be updated with more information in due course.